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WEATHER — Gener
ally fair tonight and
tomorrow.
News.
EDITION
VOLUME XXXVII. No. 173. PERTH AMBOY, N. J. THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 1917. TEN PAGES—TWO CENTS
GERMAN MENACE STIRS CONGRESS TO ACTION;
PROGRESS ON ARMED NEUTRALITY BILL TOD A Y;
TEUTON PLOT FAILS IN MEXICO AND JAPAN
WOMEN FORCE DOWN PRICE
OF LIVE CHICKENS AT PUBLIC
MARKET AFTER DISORDER
Small Food Riot is Enacted at
the Open Air Market—
Women Organize to Cut
Down Price of Living.
Prices of live chickens at the Perth
Amboy open market were brought
down six cents a pound this morning
as the result of steps taken by women,
most of whom were foreigners, to
lower the cost in order that they
might buy. A food riot of a minor
scale took place when the men having
chickens for sale arrived and informed
the women that the prices were twen
ty-six cents a pound. The women re
volted and refused, to pay this price,
which they considered exorbitant.
Seeing that It was impossible to sell
their stock at the price first asked and
convinced that the women were in
earnest, the men having chickens for
sale reduced their prices to twenty
cents a pound. They then had little
or no trouble in getting rid of the
fowls.
Superintendent Henry Toft of the
Department of Weights and Measures
was at the market and saw to it that
the purchasers were not paying more
than they should for the chickens. He
ascertained from those buying tht
fowls how much they paid and then he
would reweigh them to see that full
weight was being given for their mon
ey. There was trouble connected wltli
the articles of food on sale by th<
hucksters.
It is reported that some of the wom
en living In this city are organizing ο
league, the purpose of which Is to In
fluence the storekeepers to decrease
the price of foods and boycott those
who ask prices which they believe to
be exhorbitant. ·
Parit^TomiSsslon wfil meet at
City Hall tonight and will probably
discuss two matters which are of im
mediate Interest, In addition to plan
ning for the improvement of the
parks of the city. They will probably
take up the matter of the vacation
of park property by tenants and the
matter of converting the wonderland
' Beach tract Into a public playground
along the lines suggested by the high
school parent teachers association,
the school alumni association and by
other parties working for a similar
proposition.
The city attorney has notified va
rious tenants of park properties to
prepare to vacate the properties, and
the matter of using the park lands
In the best way possible, with im
provements as far as can be made
with the present appropriation will be
discussed. -
RULE IS REPORTED
Washington, March 1.—The House
rules committee today reported the
rule, provided Immediate considera
tion of the Administration Flood bill
authorizing the President to arm
American merchantmen, against at
tacks.
IE
IN CIRCUIT COURT
Action of Gorham Mfg. Co.
Against Toledo Bridge and
Crane Co. and Raritan River
Railroad.
Special to the EVBNtlfO JfEWB.
New Brunswick, March 1.—Muni
tions consisting of 80.000 brass cart
ridges and cases Involved In a circul
court action between the Gorham Man
ufacturing Company, a Rhode Islani
corporation, plaintiff, and the Toledi
Bridge & Crane Company and the Rar
ltan River Railroad Company, as de
fendants, has been turned over to thi
plaintiff concern by Sheriff Houghton
Papers In two euits of the replevin 01
the munitions were served yesterday.
The cartridges and cases in questioi
had been stored in cars on the Rarltai
River Railroad at Gillespie. It 1
claimed by the plaintiff company tha
the defendants shipped the goods li
care of the International Steel & Or
dlnance Company affd that they wen
wrongfully held In possession. Th
arrangements for shipping were basée
on α contract made In New York cit;
on Aug. n, 194-6, between the Gorban
Company and the Toledo Bridge (
Crane Company. Because of--jril*ge<
violation of shipping agreements, thi
Gorham concern demanded possessioi
the munitions-and also $87,750 a
Tmte tome work on them and to mâJci
tests.
Following· the filing of papers In thi
replevin actions the defendants hat
twenty-four hours under the state lawi
in which to flle bonds. As they neg
lected to do so the munitions in ques
tion were turned over to Bedle Se Kel
logg, of Jersey City, representing th(
plaintiff company.
NO DESTRUCTION MADE
IN SINKING NEUTRAL SHIPS
Special by United Press Wire.
Amsterdam, March 1.—There Is tc
be no distinction made by Germai
submarines in sinking neutral ships lr
barred zones, and the fact that th<
American steamer Orleans safely pass
ed through the danger section is not tc
be attributed to any withholding ο
Germany's weapon, Berlin newspaper:
received here today said. They quot
ed Foreign Secretary Zimmerman, a:
asserting "We make absolutely no dis
tinction. Our determination is un
shakeable, since that is the only way t<
finish the war this summer, a deeiri
In which we all Join."
TRAFFIC TOMORROW
ON COUNTY BRIDGE
Repair Work is Being Rushed
and Indications are That
Span Will be Entirely Com
pleted This Week.
A portion of the county bridge
between this city and South Amboy
will probably be reopened for auto
mobile and other traffic at noon to
morrow. County Engineer Alvln B.
Fox has been Instrumental In having
the repair work rushed and Indica
tions are that It will be completed
entirely this week, he reported today.
He stated that thirty-eight new piles
had been driven, new bracing had
been installed and flooring planks
were being relald with such speed
as to Indicate that at least half of
the bridge in sections where It Is
under repair will be reopened by to
morrow noon if not before that time.
Repair work to piling between the
cantilever span and the south shore
of Rarltan river will be completed
this week. Engineer Fox believes.
The work Is being done by the Gen
eral Contracting & Engineering Com
pany and the East Jersey Contracting
Company. A contract for making
. other repairs to a span at the side
of the draw will probably be award
ed at a meeting of the Board of
Freeholders this afternoon. That
1 work will be separate from that now
In progress and will not prevent the
reopening of the structure tomorrow,
ι The repairs under way and con
templated were made necessary
. thrt^igh damage done by Ice. When
tfcawjbg set In after the last cold
ι snap huge cakes of Ice drifted
ι against the bridge. Several piles
ι were broken off, rendering the struc
: ture unsafe for travel. Speedy re
pairs enabled a quick resume of trol
. ley service.
' NEW CITY OFFICERS TAKE
UP THEIR DUTIES TODAY
!l Joseph Hornsby replaced Johr
11 White as assistant to the collector ol
j revenue and John Kerr was ousted as
^tljjmblng Inspector for the Board ol
These changes to
of others ar<
tabllshed a precedent In remSvlnfTBP
ordinates, which, they claim, will un
1 doubtedly be followed when the Demo
crate return to power. ι
1 Mr. White has served as assistant to
the collector of revenue for about nine
years. He was the first man to hold such
a position In this city. Hie plans for
the future are still in the course of
preparation and cannot be made pub
lic as yet, It Is announced.
Mr. Kerr has also served nine years
aa a city employee. He is a plumber
with about twenty-five years of expe
rience. Inasmuch as he has qualified
under state examinations It Is believed
he will » ecu re a state Job.
John Hunt has been serving as clerk
to the assessors for the past few weeks.
No decision has been made by Repub
licans as yet concerning the naming
of a successor to the assistant to the
city treasurer.
PLAN PEACE CONFERENCE
IN SOUTH AMERICA
' Snecial fty United Preds Wire.
1 Buenos Aires, March 1.—Chile has
1 received a proposal from Argentine to
participate in a conference of all Lat
in-American nations at Buenos Aires,
according to a Santiago dispatch,
printed today by La Nacion. The
conference was for the purpose of
urging peace in Europe. The United
I States wae not included In the group
of nations asked to participate.
START $40,000 RAMAGE SUIT
Bpccial to the e/VENINO NEWS.
Trenton, March 1.—Suit to recover
$40 ,000 damages has been started In
the United States District Court here
by Clarence A. Tileston, of Jamaica,
N. T., against the Keyport Engineer
ing Company, of Irvington, Essex
county, for alleged breach of contract
In connection with the manufacture of
war munitions for Spain. Tileston al
leges that the Koyport company had
a sub-contract from the Ansonia Man
ufacturing Company, of Ansonia,
Conn., to load 250,000 fuses for the
Spanish Military Commission.
The plaintiff says he was employed
by the Keyport company as general
manager and supervislor at a salary
of $100 a week and that he was to re
ceive one-sixth of the capital stock Is
sued by the company up to $60,000. He
charges that the company has failed to
keep the contract, having closed the
plant and prevented him from com
pleting the work.
ANOTHER EVENT FOR BOYS
The boys employed at the Chese
brough Manufacturing plant In this
city will enjoy another social and
more athletic games at the T. M. C.
A. tomorrow night. Plans call for
the conducting of three basketball
games between the boys from that
plant as well as some loclal events
in the boys' lobby.
GIRLS WANTED
We have Immediate opportunities In
our plant for 25 bright girl». I.lght,
clean, eafe work: good pay; rapid ad
vancement. Hot coffee served at noon.
Umbrella and rubbers loaned without
charge. Work done under most sani
tary and favorable conditions. High
est class of help employed.
RUSSELL PLAYING CARD CO.
MILLTOWX, Bf. J.
in Automobiles For Hire in
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TAXI SERVICE Ίυ
SAY GERMAN PLOT
LETTER DID NOT
RE AO H CARRA Ν Ζ A
By Robert J. Bender, United Press Staff Correspondent
"Washington, March 1.—Germany's attempt to align Mexico and
Japan in α hostile conspiracy against the United States has been
frustrated. At the State Department today it was .intimated that so
far as is known, the letter of Germany's foreign Secretary Zimmer
man, the authenticity of which was vouched for by President Wilson,
personally, to the senate today, never reached President Carranza
and as result was not passed on to Japan.
Attention is called to the fact that in his instructions Zimmer
man stipulated that Eckhardt should only broach the matter to Car
ranza "as soon as it is certain that there will be an outbreak of war
with the United States."
It is pointed out that this certainty had not developed at the
time Ambassador von Bernstorff left this country. Doubt as to the
authenticity of the Zimmerman letter voiced in the senate early today,
because of its text having first become public through the press, was
quickly dispelled by Senator Swanson, who made a formal statement
announcing that the President had authorized him to say the pub
lished text was substantially correct. That the Japanese government
would not consider any proposition euch as that advocated by Sec
cretary of Foreign Affairs Zimmerman in his Mexican-Japanese
"plot" note, was the conviction expressed by Secretary Lansing
today.
Lansing authorized the following statement;
"The Department does not believe that Japan has had any
knowledge of this, or that she would consider any proposition made
by an enemy."
Lansing also expressed belief that the Mexican government
would also ignore any such proposition. He said :
"We have confidence that Mexico would not become a party to
it, in view of the friendly relations between this country and the
defacto government."
"While withholding discussion of the sources of the government's
information on the German plot, lest "some one's life be endangered,"
the State Department did admit that it has full evidence of the plot,
that the Zimmerman note had reached Ambassador von Bernstorff
here, and that it also had reached the German minister in Mexico.
Doubt was pressed that General Carranza himself had ever seen
thç ^communication or been informed of its contents, owing to the
fact that the plot was not actually to take form except in the event
of actual hostilities between the United States and Germany.
Japanese Ambassador Sato was called to the Department yes
terday and tol3 of the information, which had been secured as to
the threatened'plbt. While Lansing would not discuss in anv way
what Sato had to sa ν about it, the fact, that he used the statement
[quoted above indic^y^he Japanese ambassador must have denied
[toy knowledge ot any pownbUity ot to» government
Thie thêo hortie ont by the Statement Sato dude throng!)
the United PreafflBs morning. Lansing intimated this government
has been #orking for the last four months on the case, but until re
cently it had been unable to secure conclusive evidence of the plot.
GERMANY IS STILL
FIRM ONJLOGKADE
Foreign Secretary Zimmerman
in Reichstag Speech Says
Germany is Convinced
Blockade is Effective.
Special by United Press Wire.
London, Mar. 1:—Speakinff In the
Reichstag today Foreign Secretary
Zimmerman referred to a telegram
from the Swiss minister at Washing- I
ton saying that America desires to
avoid war, provided Germany Is will- |
lng to treat on the question of the
submarine blockade. The quotations
were furnished in a wireless dispatch
from. the official German press
agency picked up here.
Zimmerman was also quoted as
declaring "Germany is In all ways
convinced that the submarine war
fare ought not to be restricted."
(The telegram which Zimmerman
mentioned was undoubtedly trans
mitted by Dr. Rltter at Washington
at a time Immediately after Wash
lngon was advised of the German
submarine warfare and before Pres
ident Wilson broke off relations. This
feeling on America's part was semi
officially stated at that time).
"Germany is resolved at all cost to
maintain her blockade, but naturally
desires to; reach an understanding
with America without clashing with
this object," Zimmerman added.
"After her resolve to use her
strongest weapon Germany cannot
withdraw," the German foreign sec
retary continued.
Secretary of State Lansing's reply
that the United States was prepared
to treat only if Germany withdrew
her resolution of January îl was not
acceptable. Thus, dooming the ne
gotiations to failure before they were
really begun.
ENTENTE~POWERS DECIDED
U-BOAT WAR, SAYS GERMAN
Berlin, March 1 (Via Sayvllle Wire
less Feb. 28) (Delayed).—"The Inten
sified submarine war was after all de
cided upon by the ententes In the
Rome conference; now that It Is start
ed we can only wish from our whole
heart that It may bring us to peace
as soon as possible." This declaration
was made In the Reichstag by the So
cialist leader Scherdemann, In discuss
ion following the chancellor's speech
centering about Germany'· peace offer.
"If peace should come then there
must be a current In every country op
posing the policy of unlimited con
quest," he declared. "After the decli
nation of our peace offers by the en
tentes, there was but one voice In the
nation—rather anthlng else than such
peace or enemies will be unable to
wash the blood guilt from their hands.
Our whoJe nation is now united In that
we must frustrate the plan of our
enemies."
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PLEDGE INTEGRITY
OF JAPAN TO U. S.
Japan Embassy in Washington
Today Issues Statement in
Connection With the German
Plot Letter.
Germany Is Japan's
Enemy y Not Ally
Special Ry United Press Wire.
New York, March 1—Dr. Yada,
.Japanese consul general In New
York, said today the wildest
dream of his Imagination could
not link Japan with a proposal
to sanction such action, as con
templated In the revealed German
plot.
"I am not authorized to officially
discuss euch matters, but Japan
Is not responsible for what Ger
many does. Germany is Japan's
enemy," he said.
Washington, March 1.—Pledging:
continued friendship to United States
and continuance of relations with the
Allies, the Japanese embassy this af
ternoon Issued a formal statement,
declaring that under no circumstances
"would the Japanese government en
tertain such an Invitation as Germany
attempted to send to Tokio."
The statement read: "With regard
to the alleged German attempt at in
ducing Japan and Mexico to make
war upon the United States made pub
lic in the press this morning, the Jap
anese embassy, while lacking Infor
mation as to whether such Invitation
ever reached Toklo, desires to state
most emphatically that any invitation
of this source would under no cir
cumstances be entertained by the Jap
anese government, which is in entire
accord and close relation with the
Allied powers on account of formal
agreement and common causes and
moreover, whose friendship with the
United 8tates Is every day growing in
sincerity and cordiality."
AMERICAN SAYS ROCHESTER I
ARRIVES AT BORDEAU J
Bordeaux, March 1.—The American
steamer Rochester safely arrived at
ihe mouth of the Gironde river early
oday, having passed through the sub
marine «one.
Plan to Celebrate.
Arrangements are being made by
White Rose Grove Woodmen Circle
for the celebration of the fourth anni
versary of the Instituting of the grove
some time the latter part of May*
Plans are being made for a class Init
atlon at that time and a banquet to
follow the meeting to celebrate the
»vent.
CQ| VAN SYCKLEI
Jul 'srsu.wssa. 1
MENACE IS BARED
IN SENATE TODAY;
CAUSE WRANGLE
Special by United Press "Wirt,
Washington, March 1.—Amid applause from various parts ο) the
chamber, the House this afternoon adopted a rule for consideration
of the armed neutrality bill by a unanimous vote. A war strain ran
beneatli the proceedings in both the House and senate. Shortly be
fore the House took up the armed neutrality bill debate wts in j>rog
ress in the senate on a resolution presented by Senator Lodge, in
quiring as to the authenticity of the published text of the German
letter, seeking to align Mexico and Japan against the United States.
The resolution was referred to the committee on foreign Tela t ions
and the senate then took up discussion of the naval bill with ι·οη
stant references to the international situation.
There were hints that the foreign relations committee might kill
the Lodge resolution. Chairman Stone insisted that it be referred
to his committee and there were indications that he desired to learn
the President's mind before taking action. Democrats resented the
insinuation that the inquiry would die in committee. Senator Hoke
Smith, of Georgia, suggested that if the President himself had pre
sented the information of Germany's plotting to the senate it might
have been construed as equivalent to a war action by congress. As
the information was first published, he held that should the Presi
dent now officially give the full facts, the action could not be con
strued as a request for war unless such a request should be specifically
expressed.
President Wilson stands sponsor for the declaration that Gep·
many attempted to plot Japan and Mexico into a conspiracy against
the United States. In a formal statement, Senator Swanson told the
senate today: "President Wilson authorizes me to say that the
Zimmerman letter to the German embassy in Mexico, proposing an
alliance with Japan and Mexico, is substantially correct."
The statement followed introduction of a resolution by Senator
Lodge, inquiring as to the correctness of th# letter. Senator LaFol
lette wanted the Lodge measure modified so it wool·! bring out when
the letter came into this government's poseessioiiv. Lodge acceded
to the modification.
Senator Hardwick indicated his intentioi^i# object, saying it
was a serious matter and that the President couM wrTeHed upon to
investigate for the senate if he deemed it wise, and that in any case
the executive would act properly. Lodge flared up, "I put it is
because it is a serious matter. If it is false the country should know
it, to allay the excitement it has caused. If it is true, certainly con
gress ought to know it.
Senator Works, California, said it is now "due to congrg
to the country that President Wilson fully present to cj
information he may have."
Senator Sloue, elmirmtiu uî lue foreign relation» Ooij
a deliberate appeal to the senate to refer the résolutif
"for farther netesearv/
7ÏOTIW Λiboif Be ιμλ en.
I "We ere net informed ius to
J no faeta. It may net be authentic.
however, that every possible ajrenc
public opinion. There may be."
hind this alleged news of which w
GERMAN PLOTTERS'
I MOVES ITCHED
'Careful Watch Made by U. S.
Agents During the Past
Year—Probe Also Conduct
ed on Mexico Border.
Ken- York, Mar. 1—Federal Secret
Service agents for a year have been
! following trails that led to the con
[ elusions confirmed by today's revela
tions of German intrigues. The Kai
I ser s agents in the United States and
I Mexico had been preparing for con
I tingencies ever since it became ap
j parent the United States might clash
with Germany.
Watched at Border
Brownsville, Tex., Mar. l:—On in
structions from the Department of
Justice at Washington, agents of that
department on the lower Mexican
border have been keeping close
watch for any indications that Ger
mans are flocking to the Southern
republic.
So far on the border between
Laredo and Brownsville, 225 miles,
there has been so sign of such move
ment, at least to any noticeable ex
tent.
MILITARY TRAINING HAS
! BEEN POLICY FOR YEARS
Washington, Mar. 1:—"The Gen-!
eral Staff should have been court
martialed If it had made any other
report than that which has been sent
to congress by the Secretary of War,"
said George Hewitt Myers, secretary
of the Army League, today in com
menting on the General Staff's rec- j
ommendatlons on universal milltarj·
training. "In recommending univer
sal liability to military training and
service the General Staff only follow
ed the policy advocated by every
great military leader from Washing
ton down to the present. Every
Secretary of War, from Knox to the
present head of the War Department,
after mature consideration has en
dorsed some system of universal mil- j
itary training and service. This was
the central idea of the first military I
act of congress providing for the es
tablishment of the militia system."
HELD FOR LARCENY
Specio 1 to the BVEfilifO KETTS.
New Brunswick, March 1—Charged
with larceny of $18, Harold Griggs
has been committed to Jail here to
await the action of the grand Jury.
ί·
the sonroe ot this news. We h»te
It way not be true. We do know;
ν has been used to excite American
Stone said slowly, "something be
e do not knotv. "
Senator Lodge said: "Wp ought
to know the evidence on which we
are proceeding. I don't think there
is anything- about my Inquiry that
could be distasteful to the President,
and we ought to know about It ao
that we can act toe-ether."
Senator Hardwick's objection stood
but when the senator realized the
matters would be put over to tomor
row. a hasty move was made to have
the resolution referred to the foreign
committee. Senator Pomerene asked
that it go there with a request for
Immediate action. Senator Lodge
suggested the committee might kill
the resolution there. Democrats re
torted that there was no Inclination
to do 60.
"If it is to be killed it might be
killed out here in the onen." I.odg-e
said. "I don't know as there will be
a tomorrow for this senate." inter
jected Senator Townsend. Michigan,
[hinting at filibustering and suggest
ing that the armed neutrality bill
may not be sufficient to cope with
the situation. "That makes the whole
matter doubtful," he continued.
"That is why the sooner we know
about this the sooner we will be able
to act properly. I repeat that this
senate Is ready to act, and act par
ticularly upon anvthing which it is
asked to act on. Therefore, we ought
not to act without information."
President Wilson has informed
congress that he stands flatly behind
the senate bill granting· him full
power and a vote of credit to handle
the International situation. Thle
was made known at the White House
today, following reports that the
President approves the House bill,
which greatly modifies his request.
The President will find the measure
only when it conforms with his full
desires, and for that reason he Is
putting all of the administration
ι strength behind the bill drawn by the
senate committee.
VIERICK GALLS GERMAN
PLOT LETTER FORGERY
Special by VnitetT Prcat Wire.
New Tork, March 1—"The letter is
unquestionably a brazen forgery,
planted by British attempts to stam
pede us Into an alliance and to Jus
tify violation of the Monroe doctrine
by Great Britain." was the statement
of George Vlerlck. editor of Vieriek'e
Weekly, formerly known as the Fath
erland, a German-American publica
tion, in a statement Issued today com
menting on the Zimmerman letter
given out In Washington.
"The alleged letter of Alfred Zim
merman Is obviously faked," Vier
lck declared. "It Is Impossible to be
lieve that the German foreign secre
tary would place his name under such
a preposterous document The in
tention is, of course, to arouse the
war spirit of the peace-loving west
and to overwhelm the pacifists in ev
ery part of the country. The entire
story reads like a dime novel, con
cocted by our guest. Sir Gilbert Par
ker, Great Britain's chief propagan
dist, in co-operation with E. Philip·
Oppenheim."
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